Guess Who?

A US Senator said this in 2006, and I agree with this statement:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. . . . It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

Who is this Senator? Sen. Barack Obama.

And here is what he said yesterday:

“What I will not do is to have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people — the threat that unless we get our way, unless you gut Medicare or Medicaid, or, you know, otherwise slash things that the American people don’t believe should be slashed, that we’re going to threaten to wreck the entire economy. That is not how historically this has been done.”

So why did the “buck stop here” in 2006 and now those that are upholding that “have a gun to the head of the American people?” Not only was that remark one of the most unpresidential comments that I have ever heard, it is so duplicitous that I laughed when I heard it. Why is he this wishy-washy? Has he no moral standard that doesn’t waver? What does he actually stand for?

Thanks to my buddy, Nerd with a .45.


Guess Who Just Got a Raise?

Despite not being able to pass a budget in years and taking vacations while there is serious work to do, Congress just got a raise. Issued by Executive Order What a joke! Wish that I could under-perform on my job and be rewarded for it. Maybe this was a carrot on a stick for them, but I certainly do not understand the timing of it as the fiscal cliff looms.